Things to Do in Antigua and Where to Stay and Eat | Guatemala
If you know me personally, you know I’m notorious for spontaneous travel and short trips. One of my recent quick turn around trips for my day job was Guatemala City, Guatemala. This particular trip to Guatemala was 3 days, with one free day to enjoy! EEEkkkkk!!! Well, of course I had to take advantage of this beautiful country with the time I had, so I headed off to take a day trip to Antigua, Guatemala. A beautiful colonial small city known for its Spanish Baroque buildings and convents dating back to the 15th century.
Taking over Antigua, Guatemala in one day……..
If your coming from Guatemala City, my best advice is that you take a taxi from your hotel and stay away from WHITE TAXIS!!! (Be CAUTIOUS!!!!!!). We stayed at the beautiful Hotel Vista Real in Guatemala and took their personal taxi into Antigua. Situated 28 miles from Guatemala City, we made it safely to Antigua in about 60 minutes. Our first stop was Finca Filadelfia, a coffee resort where you can take tours. We didn’t have a lot of time for a tour so we just walked around and enjoyed the views and coffee fields. (Finca Filadelfia pictures below)
We had our driver drop us of at Casa Santo Domingo Hotel for breakfast. After our delicious breakfast, we walked around to discover this hotel that used to be a convent. However, we could only get so far since we were not hotel guests. This hotel is amazingly gorgeous and its no wonder why it was named one of the best hotels in Central America.
After Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, we headed out to the Museo De Las Capuchinas, an 18th century convent. This is a beautiful place and worth checking out. We visited on a Saturday, so this place was setting up for a gorgeous wedding. Actually, there were weddings all over town!
Next, the famous “Santa Catalina Arc, “El Arco de Santa Catalina”, where depending on the weather, you can see the Volcano from the distance. We couldn’t see it with all the clouds.
On the same street, you will find yourself on the cutest little Wine shop, where the more wine you drink, the less you pay, The Santa Catalina Wine shop. I love this little wine shop, which had a rustic and quiet ambiance. Hundreds of wines with several California wine options. Did I mention the wine deals were amazing!
A few stops down is Frida Kahlo’s Restaurant, where you can grab a bite to eat or a refreshing cerveza (Insert translation, BEER).
After a refreshing beer and some Frida Kahlo inspirations at her restaurant, we went to the Mercado de Artesanias. Probably some of the most beautiful artisan art you will ever find. Since I speak Spanish, I began talking with the locals and found some precious things to take back home.
Then we were off to the famous Convento de Santa Clara. More weddings!
Then we had to stop at the Merced Church and some more weddings!
There is so much to do in Antigua, but walking around this amazing city and looking at pretty windows and architecture, was so peaceful and serene!
After 6 hours in Antigua, we went back to Guatemala City with our taxi driver (who waited for us).
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